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Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 13:9, “We pray that you may be made complete.”   The Holy Spirit is responsible and faithful to make us complete. We don’t become complete by just trying a little harder; this can lead to frustration and failure.  We should not spend much time looking at ourselves, but need to focus on Him and trust Him to continue His work in our lives. Our responsibility is to listen to and obey Him.

In the last chapter of Hebrews we are told, “The God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through
Jesus.”  This doesn’t say, if we push ourselves harder we will be complete. Instead it says, “The blood makes you complete.”  In order to be complete, we need to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. If we are too occupied with the cares of life, there is a real danger we will fail to hear Him.

Sometimes we can be so busy that we may work harder but accomplish less, because we don’t get
enough rest. As we keep the Sabbath every week, we are in a better condition to know what things are the most essential. Thus we spend our time more effectively.

As we keep the Sabbath, we are less likely to become worn out and exhausted. When we receive the rest we need, we are more effective and do more with less effort.

The Lord wants us to be victorious Christians, rather than exhausted people. When we are complete and whole, we are effective in doing the work for God where He has placed us.

God bless you this Sabbath.